India cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly were yesterday issued notices for endorsing fantasy cricket apps by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.
The high court also pushed for notices to be sent to other prominent figures including Tamannaah Bhatia, Rana Daggubati, Sudeep, and Prakash Raj.
The step followed a petition filed by lawyer Mohammad Rizvi following the suicide of a young man who lost money by participating in gambling applications. It was being considered by the division bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi.
A similar plea calling for the arrest of Kohli and others was filed in the same court in August.
The bench accused the owners of these apps of using celebrities as a push to earn money. The figures mentioned need to respond to the notice by November 19.
The Madras High Court has been at the centre of the fight against online gambling and gaming in recent times. The court made headlines at the end of July when a senior judge proposed a law to regulate online gaming and gambling.